Issaquah Highlands Connections, September 2018
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE SEPTEMBER 2018 ISSUE OF ISSAQUAH HIGHLANDS CONNECTIONS
Hello neighbors! My family and I have called the Issaquah Highlands home for almost 11 years. This community has given my children and I so much to be thankful for, and from that gratitude comes my new column for Connections. This is one small way I can give back to the neighborhood that has become so dear to us. I hope you will join me each month, as I give a few practical ideas to help tackle all things home organization!
The end of summer is near, and a brand new school year awaits.
Shifting between a more relaxed summertime schedule and the deadlines and needs of September, can sometimes be chaotic. Here are a few small things you can do to help with that transition.
First up, the “Family Command Center”. It’s a place in your home that has a small footprint, but provides everyone with as much information as possible. You start with a calendar that includes your entire schedule (school, bus times, work, appointments, sports, etc). I have found the reusable whiteboard styles to be most helpful. Depending on your family’s needs and composition, it can also include a to-do list, grocery list, chores, homework and mailboxes/inboxes. This will act as home base, and helps everyone stay on task, always knowing what to expect for the upcoming week. Even with all of the online calendars and apps we have, there is something about seeing everything in print that sticks with you.
Next, something families have grown to dread - Homework! Many of our homes have built in desks, offices or designated areas for kids to do their assignments. But if you create a portable homework station, you allow children to pick their own space, giving them the opportunity to continue to be a part of the family unit. This can reduce arguing and procrastination, and end with more complete and creative assignments, as they are easily able to ask for opinions and help. Start by choosing a container (basket, Lazy Susan, wood box, etc) with different compartments. Fill it with the supplies needed for most homework assignments, and vary contents depending on your family’s needs. You will find this roving supply box to be invaluable all year long.
And while the Issaquah Highlands are composed of many different types of houses, I believe every single one can benefit from the reduced stress that comes with a little food preparation. Some Highlands homes have huge pantries, while some have very little space to work with. Regardless, designating sections of your fridge and pantry with grab and go lunch making supplies and snacks, will allow children to help, free up time and reduce frustration.There are many ways to tailor this to your needs, and I have a multitude of ideas and photos to give you inspiration on my Pinterest page.
I hope some of this helps you ease into the school year! To get more detailed information on how to make these ideas happen in your home, you can visit the Pinterest page I mentioned above at https://pinterest.com/inspiredandorganized
or see my systems in action at https://www.instagram.com/inspiredandorganized